• Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome is an extremely common problem that we see all the time.

    Risk factors:

    • Constant repetitive hand movements, especially in awkward positions.
    • Advanced age
    • Being female
    • Broken or dislocated wrist bones
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Obesity

    A cursory look at those risk factors will give you an idea of how common this problem is. Americans largely work in offices, performing repetitive tasks with their hands. Simple things like unergonomic chairs, keyboards, and computer mice can cause long term stresses and pinched nerves, including carpal tunnel.

    Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

    • Pain
    • A swollen sensation in the fingers
    • Numbness
    • Tingling
    • Pain radiating up to the shoulder

    The traditional medicine approach to carpal tunnel, as with other painful inflammatory conditions, is pain relievers, ice, and rest. This works, but we’ve encountered lots of patients who prefer not to take medication because they are uncomfortable with exposing their bodies to those chemicals. Our service is vital for people who are allergic to painkillers, or have compromised livers or kidneys, and for whom taking painkillers like NSAIDs is an unacceptable risk. In this case, we offer the best treatment.

    Our solution is to make a number of small adjustments to directly relieve the pressure on the carpal nerve. We believe in tackling the problem at the root, rather than attacking a symptom and waiting for the body to sort itself out. We also have acupuncture treatments that can treat carpal tunnel pain and inflammation.

    A study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences has demonstrated that holistic methods like this, including acupuncture, have been shown to effectively reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Their method consisted of offering acupuncture treatments to two groups of carpal tunnel sufferers, and providing incorrectly administered acupuncture treatments to one group, and correctly administer treatment to another. This showed a significant difference both in the subjective experience of the patient, and a measurable difference in nerve conduction velocity among correctly treated patients, showing conclusively that acupuncture works.

    Both traditional healthcare providers and non-traditional providers will recommend lifestyle changes and more ergonomic tools in the workplace to decrease stresses on your wrist and body. Just because you have a treatment doesn’t mean you should keep punishing your body. Stresses and damage build up in your body, and pushing the issue can only make it worse over time.

    You can also do strengthening exercises and stretching exercises to prevent stress injuries in your joints, including your wrists.

    Damage to your nerves and joints is caused by your work, life, and sometimes recreation. Understanding these causal relationships can help you eliminate or alleviate causal factors and give yourself long term relief after receiving our treatment.

    Very advanced cases may only respond to surgical intervention, and often cannot be alleviated through other means because of the severity of the swelling causing significant pressure on the carpal nerve, which creates a positive feedback loop, with more pressure causing more inflammation, and more inflammation causing increased pressure.

    Our treatment is effective for mild and moderate carpal tunnel syndrome.